Posted on 8th May 2018
On Friday last the BHBPA once again presented an exhibition, the ninth in all, at The King’s Centre in Victoria Road, in the heart of the Victoria Business Park in Burgess Hill. Representing the best of business in Mid Sussex, the exhibition featured 71 companies, a mixture of large and small, including manufacturers, logistics, printers, IT specialists and many other types as well.
From the official opening at 11am by Rosemary French, the Executive Director of Gatwick Diamond Initiative until the BHBPA Coordinator called a halt at 3pm, the hall was filled with a wonderful networking hubbub as business people went about their business. The start was enlivened by 50 students from The Burgess Hill Academy armed with question sheets to encourage them to engage with business folk. The kids started out rather reserved and a little shy, reluctant to speak, but an hour later they were bedecked with every kind of freebie, scoffing ice creams, sausage rolls and cakes and loaded down with bags of pens, mugs and every type of advertising gadget.
The day settled down with a steady stream of visitors; three powerful business women gave their stories of a business life; Garry Perkins gave us some first aid training. At lunchtime, Garry Wall, Leader of Mid Sussex Council, came to visit, spent time going around the stands among exhibitors, speaking to many, and then gave us a short but incredibly encouraging speech. He spoke very positively about the BHBPA, congratulating us on another impressive exhibition, and promised more good news for Burgess Hill in an announcement in the next fortnight.
It was a remarkably successful day. We are grateful to all those too many to mention who helped to bring about this event. Biggest thanks go to The King’s Church for the use of their fabulous facility and to the small committee of Emily Darnell, PVL, Esther Dawson, Ridgeview and Susan Fleet of Lea Graham Associates for their brilliant creativity and organisational skills.
"If Carlsberg did networking they would do it the BHBPA way. Each event is packed with great ideas, thought provoking presentations and fun. As a small business we feel supported and part of the community. We have built friendships and business relationships and there is always plenty of advice on hand to benefit us all so don’t hesitate to join whatever the nature of your business. "
"This association was started with a lot of effort from a few local businessmen and has proved to be a very powerful and useful tool for our business. The BHBPA has influence at the top level; when action is needed, the BHBPA gets it done. We are kept in touch with all that is happening on our doorstep and will often act because of what is published in the weekly emails / newsletters."
"“I can’t speak highly enough of the BHBPA. As a small local business we feel very much part of a community and thoroughly enjoy the annual exhibition and meetings throughout the year. Over the years we have built fantastic working relationships with many BHBPA members and every meeting and event offers us opportunities to work with more. This is networking at its best! ” "
"I am delighted to have a long-standing relationship with the BHBPA. Since its foundation the Association has gone from strength to strength and there is no doubt that it has brought huge benefits to its members and the business community as a whole through the partnerships it has formed with the local authorities, Sussex Police and local organisations. It is paramount that Burgess Hill businesses have an effective collective voice."